Governors Bay Jetty
Restoring the Iconic Governors Bay Jetty
Governors Bay jetty lies in a shallow bay within a dramatic volcanic landscape, dotted with rocky outcrops and native bush. It’s a magical place, only 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre and easily accessible to Christchurch. The jetty is a defining feature of the bay, a remarkable 300 metres long – the longest one in Banks Peninsula and as long as New Brighton pier.
It’s a place for fun, for fishing, for boating. A place to walk, to reflect, to connect with the enchanting surroundings. A place for children to learn about the sea, to feel the wind and watch the waves, to jetty jump, and to just be children.
Over the years, as time and tide have taken their toll, the very future of the jetty has come under threat. In 1910, the Lyttelton Harbour Board decided to close the jetty, but local residents opposed its closure and the jetty was saved in 1913 by extending to its current length of 300 metres.
After the February 2011 quake, the jetty was closed to the public. In 2015, Governors Bay Jetty Restoration Trust was set up to save the jetty by running the project and raising money.
With over $1 million raised so far, the Trust will soon sign a construction contract to begin the rebuild next year. But they need your help.
Why help save the jetty?
Once rebuilt, the jetty will be a place where anyone can connect with the sea, with the landscape, and with others. Without your help, the rebuild will be delayed and the costs will go up.
If you sponsor a plank for $500 (increasing to $600 after 31 January 2022), you’ll have your own special spot on the jetty with your name or short message on “your” plank. Sponsoring a plank etches your name or short message in history. Can’t afford a plank? Every dollar helps and one day, you’ll be able to walk on (and jump off) the jetty knowing that you helped to save it.
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